CES 2015: Plextor SSD M7e with increased performance

CES 2015: Plextor SSD M7e with increased performance

At the Consumer Electronics Show in 2015 the company has demonstrated a completely new Plextor SSD M7e, which uses a form factor M.2 interface and PCI Express 2.0 x4, providing a significant improvement in performance over the current generation M6e SSD.

Although Plextor SSDs are known for their reliability and high-speed read and write, even after prolonged use, last year Plextor M6e can not be called a champion performance. The reason for this is the use of interface PCI Express 2.0 x2, which has a maximum capacity of about 1 GB / s. However, his successor, Plextor M7e will use PCIe 2.0 x4 interface with bandwidth up to 2 GB / s, which means that raise the bar.

SSD Plextor M7e built on top of the controller Marvell 88SS9293 and based on multi-level (MLC) NAND flash memory Toshiba, which is produced by 19-nm technology. In addition, Plextor M7e will be equipped with technology to protect against power failure, which further increase the already legendary reliability SSD this manufacturer.

Although Plextor is still working on a firmware for M7e, now the newest SSD shows significantly better performance than its predecessor. According CrystalMark sequential read speed of new items is 1.4 GB / s and write speed is about 1 GB / s. Thus, the new Plextor M7e outperforms Samsung XP941, which is used by many expensive laptops, for example, Apple MacBook Pro.

Plextor drive M7e plans to release in the form factor M.2 interface PCIe 2.0 x4. To ensure compatibility with current platforms, Plextor will deliver the new SSD and a special adapter, a small map size HHHL, which is inserted into the slot PCI Express 2.0 x4 (x8, x16, etc.). Similarly Plextor entered case M6e, which can be used in the slot M.2, slot and PCI Express.

CES 2015: Plextor SSD M7e with increased performance

It is expected that the release Plextor SSDs M7e capacity of 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB in the second quarter of 2015. Taking into account the high read and write speeds, as well as a number of proprietary technologies Plextor, M7e device may become quite popular SSD this year. The cost of new products is unknown, but taking into account the simplicity of the device data storage, I want to believe that their prices are not too high.

The appearance on the market is very similar Kingston HyperX Predator PCIe and Plextor M7e inevitably increase competition among SSD interface PCI Express 2.0 x4, as well as high-performance storage in a form factor M.2. As a consequence, the availability of new SSD may become higher.

While it is early in the year on the basis of SSD controller Marvell 88SS9293, which supports four lines PCIe 2.0, seriously raise the performance bar mass SSDs, such devices can not stay on his pedestal for a long time.

Given the fact that back in August last year introduced Marvell controller 88SS1093, which supports four lines PCI Express 3.0 (the maximum capacity of about 4 GB / s) and can provide a much faster read and write, to the middle of the year it is logical to expect the emergence of more faster SSD form factor M.2 and interface PCIe 3.0 x4.

CES 2015: Plextor SSD M7e with increased performance updated: January 12, 2015 author: John Malkovich